Spain has just approved a draft bill that would remove the necessary requirement for 16-year-old girls to have parental consent before terminating pregnancies.
The new bill, aimed at reforming a previous abortion law approved by the Conservative party in 2015, was described as a new step forward for democracy by government spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez.
Should the bill be approved, Spain will become the first European country to offer its workers paid menstrual leave as well. Voluntary abortion in Spain is allowed up until the 14th week of pregnancy.
However, doctors in the overall traditionally Roman Catholic country, will still be able to sign up to a register of conscientious objectors. This comes as equality minister Irene Montero states that government institutions needed to discard taboos, stigmas and guilt regarding women’s bodies.
The bill aims to grant employees three days of sick leave for painful periods, potentially even extending it to five days for particularly intense on incapacitating pain. Tighter restrictions will be imposed on surrogacy, which is already banned in the country.